5G Not Harmful To Our Health, Pantami Tells Nigerians » Naijaloaded

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami has expressed that the fifth-generation (5G) network is not harmful, allaying fears in many quarters that its deployment could pose a risk to public health.

Pantami spoke after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Wednesday where he also said the National Policy on fifth-generation (5G) network in Nigeria was approved.

He expressed that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have confirmed the network is not harmful to people’s health.

“Both of them confirm that there are no any adverse health effects of 5G and it has not been proven to be any harmful to our health,” the Minister said.

“Most importantly, even its frequency and radiation is even lower than that of 4G, and it is lower than the televisions and microwave we have at home. So, they have already issued that. They explained about its safety, and also advised nations on the regulations and the standards to be used in the course of the deployment.

“And this is something that the Nigerian Communications Commission has been directed to ensure that all standards, and regulations are complied with.

“And furthermore, you will all recall that in order to create awareness and sensitise our citizens, the Nigerian Communications Commission has been reaching out to citizens through local languages to tell them the advantages of 5G and where we need it.”

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Security Agencies Requested Telecoms Shutdown In Zamfara » Naijaloaded

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami has revealed that security agencies requested the shutdown of telecommunications activities in Zamfara.

He revealed this while speaking with state house correspondents at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

The minister stated that the federal government did not object to the request when it came from the security agencies.

Pantami reiterated that the government is willing to sacrifice economic gains in the telecoms sector for security benefits.

He said:

“I am aware of the shutting down, but the request is not from us. Rather, the request is from the security institutions, in which they asked for that as part of their strategy.

“Because of this, government allowed them to go ahead and even that one, the reason for doing that I may be aware of some, but I’m sorry to say it’s not for public discussion.

“What I only plead with all of us, as laymen, we shall try to give our security institutions the support they need in order to deliver on their mandate.

“Security issues today are not only for the security institutions alone but there is a role that each and every citizen can play in order to make their work more successful.

“So, I plead with the media to support our security institutions and let us give them the benefit of doubt; when they come up with a strategy, let us not unnecessarily criticise it, except we allow them to begin and see.

“Particularly, they could have information at their disposal that you and I do not have and if you lack information, you will not be able to do justice in your deliberation. It is only when there is sufficient information at your disposal, then you can argue. But if you don’t have it, even if you partake in any debate, you will finally discover that you have made a very wrong decision. So, it is because of this.”

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We’ve Been Compromising Economic Progress To Fight Insecurity, Pantami Says » Naijaloaded

Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, has said his ministry has been prioritizing security over economic progress.

Pantami, who supervises the operations of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) spoke on his ministry’s contribution to the fight against insecurity during the launch of the NCC’s strategic vision plan (SVP) on Tuesday, September 7, in Abuja.

He said:-

“We have even been compromising the economic progress of our sector because of our aim in supporting security institutions.

“At any point in time in the telecommunication sector, our position is ‘security takes precedence over economic benefits’.

“Security is our priority followed by economic benefits. But if two things can be pursued, this one is our priority.”

Speaking on the topic of subscribers’ biodata, Pantami explained that it’s only the security institutions that are constitutionally empowered to access it.

He said:-

“When something happens and phone number is involved our function is to transmit that number to security institutions like the police and Department of State Security (DSS).

“Go to them and explain that your brother has been kidnapped and this is the number they used in contacting us.

“The police or DSS know the procedure and they will communicate to the NCC or telecom providers for biodata so that it will not be abused.

“It is because of this that only security institutions have the power to ask for that information.”

He said, although phone conversations are constitutionally confidential, the 2015 cybercrime act gives the federal government the power of interception.

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